Episode #573 of “Media Edge” (initial airing on cable TV during the period of April 30 - May 6, 2016) includes:
"Why Your Doctor Should Care About Social Justice" (14 minutes)
In Zimbabwe in the 1980s, Mary Bassett witnessed the AIDS epidemic firsthand, and she helped set up a clinic to treat and educate local people about the deadly virus. But looking back, she regrets not sounding the alarm for the real problem: the structural inequities embedded in the world's political and economic organizations, inequities that make marginalized people more vulnerable. These same structural problems exist in the United States today, and as New York City's
Health Commissioner, Bassett is using every chance she has to rally support for health equity and speak out against racism. "We don't have to have all the answers to call for change," she says. "We just need courage."
"Immigrants For Sale" (33 minutes)
Immigrants For Sale is a ground-breaking documentary that goes inside the private immigrant detention industry, through the lens of those most impacted, the players behind the trade and the multi-billion dollar profits that fuel it all.
"Peak Moment" (52.5minutes)
This two-part episode features Stephen Jenkinson, who has made keen observations in his decades working with the dying. The author of "Die Wise: A Manifesto for Sanity and Soul," Jenkinson observed that our high-technology medical system often makes things harder for dying people. When a patient or their family bargains for "More Time" through radiology or chemotherapy or drugs, it "bears no resemblance to the More Time they bargained for." Thanks to medical intervention, they're not dying death-free, but living longer with dying. This is a product of our death-phobic culture's intolerance of the reality of dying. How can we do it differently?"
In part 2, Jenkinson asserts that our death-phobic culture considers "The best death is the least death" -- basically dying quickly and knowing little about dying. He titled his book Die Wise rather than Die Wisely to encourage us to learn about dying from those who die before us. He advocates being exposed to dying people from earliest childhood. The subject of the documentary film "Griefwalker," Jenkinson suggests, "Consider that your death is a companion to your life, not the annihilation of your life."
"World Peace is a Local Issue" (16 minutes)
What happens when local citizens take on an international issue? OSCAR-nominated, EMMY-winning filmmaker, Dorothy Fadiman, documented the hard work and eventual triumph, of Palo Alto, California residents who move their City Council to change an entrenched position on a critical issue and pass a Nuclear Freeze Resolution. We see Senator Edward Markey introduce the freeze resolution in 1982, and again in recent years, appealing to Congress to reduce nuclear arms. By showing what a determined group of people can accomplish, WORLD PEACE highlights the fact that international concerns are also local issues.